From Data to Knowledge: Making Sense and Meaning in an Information World
When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Where: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Room 203 (subject to change)
Cost: $20. Includes box lunch. Reservations are limited. Walk-ups are welcome on a space-available basis and a limited number of lunches may still be available for purchase.
Parking: Garage parking is available
The explosion in new information tools and services can require us to engage in continual information navigation at the expense of comprehension and meaning making. In his talk, Dillon will explain how the ability to exploit technology is as much a psychological as a technological problem. Dr. Dillon will review:
- Human civilization has moved through several information ages to reach the current situation.
- How our information processing capacity is limited by our underlying architecture and how to design for this, not against it.
- How future tools can augment natural human psychology and how this might be exploited to our advantage and our disadvantage.
You Will Learn
- How your own information-processing tendencies are influenced by tools and by your own psychological makeup.
- How to manage your own and your organization's information-seeking activities.
- To recognize the sweep of information technologies and to distinguish the hype from the reality of any new information tool.
Andrew Dillon is the dean of the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the Louis T. Yule Regents Professor of Information, Professor of Psychology, and Information, Risk & Operations Management.
Dr. Dillon has been an active researcher of the human response to information technology for the last 20 years, graduating from the National University of Ireland (M.A. first class) and Loughborough University of Technology before being appointed research fellow at the Human Sciences & Advanced Technology Research Institute in the UK. He moved to Indiana University in 1994 where, amongst other duties, he developed and served as the founding director of the Masters in Human-Computer Interaction at the School of Informatics.
Dillon joined the University of Texas at Austin in January 2002 as dean and professor of the School of Information. Defying professional categorization, he has held appointments in departments or schools of cognitive science, computer science, psychology, instructional systems technology, management information systems, library and information science, and informatics. Having published more than 100 articles and books on various aspects of human information behavior and design, Dillon serves or has served on the editorial boards of many leading journals such as the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Interacting with Computers, the Journal of Documentation, and the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. He has received research funding from NSF, Microsoft, and CEC among others.